Seems like lately there have been some frightening moments around here!
I was sure that I had blogged about the time that Grampy scared us at bedtime but I guess I didn’t. We have a routine where I get Amara ready for bed and she then hides under her covers and call Grampy to come kiss her good night. She has been doing this since she was old enough to know how to hide. Grampy is always in the front room waiting and watching TV. When she calls him, he comes down the hall to her room and pretends to try to find her. That night as Amara hid under the covers with me lying next to her she called out for Grampy – who immediately stuck his head in the door and said, “Hi!” We both screamed. We had no idea he had been standing out there! We all laughed and Amara immediately started plotting her revenge. She spent the next day trying to sneak up on Grampy in his office and scare him. He loved it! She delighted in telling him she was going to tell her Mom he scared her – and she had lots of fun actually doing it!
Then there was the night a few weeks later that Amara took one of her special glow sticks and candlelight baths after we finished our movie. We were both relaxed and she was all powdered and in her PJs. She walked into her room just as Grampy leaped out from under the covers where he had been hiding and said. “What just happened?” That is what Amara always says if you wake up while she is sleeping. Trying to scare us had been funny the last time. This time Grampy really scared her. There were tears and Grampy still feels really bad about it. I was immediately concerned she wouldn’t sleep but she snapped out of it in a few moments and was sound asleep in less than five minutes! She never woke up all night.
Then there was Halloween, often a scary night for kids! Jenna and Justin had planned a Halloween Party with a few friends and their children. Justin had taken all of the kids out trick or treating while Jenna handed out goodies at their house and entertained the adults. They had been back from trick or treating for a while and the girls were all in Amara’s room exchanging candy with one another when someone started knocking on Amara’s window. Someone who was very scary looking! All of the girls were screaming and Jenna, Justin and all of the parents were up off the couch and out the door ready to hurt somebody! They figured it was teenagers. It was one of the Moms. She was all dressed in elaborate costume. She felt terrible, as she had no idea she would terrify the girls so badly. She is lucky that Jenna finally recognized her and didn’t punch her one! The Mom has been apologizing ever since.
Then there was last weekend. It was about 9 AM on Sunday morning and I was standing at the kitchen sink looking out in the backyard. I love my view from the sink and was busy watching the neighborhood cats play on the fence when someone snuck up behind me, poked me in the ribs and said “Hi!” I jumped and screamed – I am very easily startled! Last I knew Amara was still in bed sleeping. She really thought I would hear her walking up on me. I didn’t and she felt really bad that she had scared me!
Amara and I talked it over and decided that it all started with Grampy. Grampy had scared her. She had scared me. So logically, I should now scare Grampy! We’re keeping this revenge circle in the family and leaving our mom friend out. All I can say is